A few weeks ago, in a rare moment of ebay browsing, I discovered this item. I bid on it and bought it!
It isn’t a shoe rack or pot plant rack (LOL) it’s an old Waldorf Playstand. New ones with soft curves in the timber and smooth finishes are quite expensive to buy, so I was delighted to score this second hand one for only $33. It has obviously been loved by children in the past, and I can see it is about to be loved all over again.
A playstand is basically just a simple wooden structure which supports children’s open ended play. It can be whatever they want it to be! A puppet theatre, a shop, a house, a boat, a castle, a cave… you get the idea. Often playstands are used in pairs, and joined by an additional arch. Playsilks or other fabric can be used to make a roof.
(image from amazon.com)
Above is an example of two (expensive) playstands with a rainbow playsilk roof. Below is how we’ve improvised with one stand and a tablecloth!
We’ve already used it inside as a library and on the front verandah as a shop. I can’t wait to take it into the backyard for the kids too! It is certainly going to grow with them.
If you’re interested in getting a playstand:
- but don’t want a second hand one try here (Australia) or here (US) for lovely new stands.
- but don’t have much space, these ones are collapsible!
- but don’t want to spend a fortune try these plans for a DIY job.
- but don’t want to spend on plans, just on tools try these free plans.
- but don’t want to spend a cent… use a clothes horse like I have been for the last few years!
If your kids are anything like mine, they will play with their stand until they are exhausted!!
Does anyone else have a playstand? I’d love to hear how others use them.